Tuesday 20 February 2018

50 killed as plane crashes in Russia

Jim Heintz Moscow

A Russian airliner crashed last night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all 50 people aboard.

The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed about 7:20pm, an hour after taking off from Moscow. There were no indications of the cause.

Reports said the plane appeared to lose altitude as it was making a second landing attempt, crashing and catching fire. State television showed a photograph of firefighters at the side of the aircraft after the flames had been extinguished.

A spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry, Irina Rossius, said there were 44 passengers and six crew members aboard and all had been killed.

A journalist who said she had flown on the same aircraft from earlier in the day said the landing had been frightening because of a strong vibration.

"When we were landing it was not clear whether there was a strong wind or some kind of technical trouble or problem with the flight," said Lenara Kashafutdinova. "We were blown in different directions, the plane was tossed around."

Irish Independent

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